It wasn't so much a ghost hunt as you might think. For the Venturers, it was more a historical look at the goings on in Melbourne's CBD.
The Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour is run by Drew Sinton from The Haunted Bookshop. He took us on a 2.5 hour walk through Melbourne's darkest past looking at sites of our first gaols, mortuaries, burial grounds and sightings of the elusive 'undead'.
On the night, we were joined by 13 (the magic number) others from Victoria and New Zealand and saw sights such as the Mitre Tavern, the former Australia Post building (home of the Queen Street massacre), Pugg Mahone's, the old Cobb and Co stage coach building and the Queen Victoria Market.
All have a place in Melbourne's seedy past and have previously had sightings.
Although no-one actually saw anything on the night (probably due to the noise the Venturers were making), we were certainly shown a number of places we could come back to - if we were game!
An apology for the quality of the photos. Unfortunately, the intrepid leader had only an older style digital camera at his disposal. This camera does not have a very penetrating flash.
PS: was it only coincidence, or was it destiny that we missed going inside one of the buildings where a confirmed sighting had taken place. Why? Because of a death in the family of the owner.
Here we are outside the Haunted Bookshop at the beginning of our ghost tour.
Our ghost hunters were Natalie, Bethany, Daniel, Chris, Steve, Maggie and Ambre. The group learns about the goings on in the Mitre Tavern.
Maggie, Bethany and Chris listen closely to Drew Sinton as he explains how the sightings at the Mitre Tavern occurred.
The graffiti might not tell the story, but the dark stairs above certainly do. Here we are at the Francis Hotel, another stop on our tour.
Pugg Mahone's. The home of the Australian Sceptics Society.
I wonder what distracted Natalie?
Inside the Cobb and Co stable. Ambre and her mum carefully check out exactly where everyone is.
Here's the group outside the old 3AW building. One of the stalwart radio announcers actually touched an apparition here.
We all listened intently as we found out about the 3AW ghost.
We visited many places on our 3.5 km walk around Melbourne, finishing at Melbourne's second cemetery, the Queen Victoria Market. This is the headstone of Melbourne's founding father, John Batman. It's the only remaining headstone in the cemetery - even though there are over 9000 souls still buried there.